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Do not ignore these elections

By Edie Friedman, May 16, 2014

In a week's time, the local and European elections will be held. I can hear a big yawn from many of you. Neither of these elections brings us out in large numbers - usually less than 40 per cent. Although they should raise a number of issues, one in particular stands out - immigration.

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Ken still can't help himself

By Robert Philpot, May 16, 2014

He just can't help it, can he? You would have thought that Ken Livingstone would have learned by now that, when it comes to all matters Jewish, he should keep his views firmly to himself. No one wants to hear them.

But there he was again last week opining on the community's supposed voting habits.

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Blinkered views of slaughter

By Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, May 16, 2014

It's the archetypal tabloid scoop: chicken used by Pizza Express had its throat cut "while still alive" - so ranted both the Sun and the Daily Mail last week, without a hint of irony.

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Give us all a proper education

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, May 16, 2014

It's amazing to think that the female of the species could ever be referred to as the "weaker sex". But I concede, it is a confusing time to be a woman.

In a week when the army is considering allowing women on the front line, yet women approaching 50 form the largest growth in the unemployment figures, I attended the Jewish Care Woman Of Distinction ceremony.

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Ken Livingstone - he just can't help himself

By Robert Philpot, May 16, 2014

He just can’t help it, can he? You would have thought that Ken Livingstone would have learned by now that, when it comes to all matters Jewish, he should keep his views firmly to himself. No one wants to hear them.

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Danes should be honoured

By Walter Goddard, May 15, 2014

I was a Jewish Dane who was rescued and taken to Sweden by our Resistance. German troops invaded Denmark in the early hours of April 9 1940, both in flat and indefensible Southern Jutland and at the Port of Copenhagen outside the Royal palaces.

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Biased article that sent my Oy-ometer off the scale

By Robert Liebman, May 9, 2014

Alongside notifications of jumble sales and concerts, an article in the newsletter of my local church propelled the needle on my Oy-ometer off the scale.

Israel, this article proclaimed, was cruelly and arbitrarily mistreating the residents of a Palestinian Christian village. The writer supported her contentions with evidence that was weak (where it was comprehensible) and blatantly biased.

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My year as a synagogue chair

By Anne Gordon, May 9, 2014

In January 2013 the United Synagogue voted to allow women to become chairs of their synagogues. When the news was announced I knew that, after 25 years of communal involvement, I would stand.

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Time to condemn fascist fashion

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

Like so many Jewish women, I’ve fallen for fashion.

I’ve stocked my side-table with glossy advert-infused magazines, filled my wardrobe with their seasonal “must-haves” and admired the artistry behind a thousand-pound couture gown.

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Why I want Scottish independence

By Frank Angell, May 3, 2014

In his column on March 14, Geoffrey Alderman said that, as a Jew, he knew how he would cast his vote if he had one in Scotland’s independence referendum — with the clear implication that he would be a No.

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